Blues crush Canes

The Blues scored an emphatic 28-6 bonus-point try win against the Hurricanes in Auckland.

The hosts, who scored four tries to nil, lead 14-6 at halftime.

The Blues forwards fronted magnificently and never allowed the Canes to settle. The home team, to the man, were physically superior in the tackle and in the collisions.

The breakdown was comfortably controlled by the Blues back rowers, but it was the tight five performance that created the early momentum.

Veteran All Blacks lock Ali Williams proved inspirational, as did scrumhalf Piri Weepu and fullback Charles Piutau.

But the man of the match was blindside flanker Steven Luatua, who played the near perfect match. Luatua was strong with ball carries, immovable on defence and a try saver on a few occasions.

Luatua’s only blemish was to throw a loose pass in the final minutes for Julian Savea to score, but even then fortune favoured the hosts as television replays showed the Blues flanker’s boot to be in touch, and the try was disallowed.

It summed up a night in which nothing went right for the visitors and everything favoured the Blues.

In this game players make their own luck, by way of performance, and the Blues were outstanding from the outset.

The Blues, who started the season with two wins and three successive defeats, are back in the winning groove with two successive wins. They are the leading team in terms of bonus points, having scored seven in seven matches. Four have been for the four-try bonus point and three have been for losing within seven points.

The win has moved them into second place in the New Zealand Conference.